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' Blocking sites will act as a catalyst'.

CYBER experts feel blocking of pornographic websites will be a failed experiment as it is impossible to block all servers. No government generally bans porn sites as they are the biggest driver of e- commerce intervention. " It may be a good intention but the government should not try to bite more than it can chew," they say.

US and China tried to fight porn and saw its results and then they only limited themselves to child pornography.

Cyber law expert Pavan Duggal says blocking order will be a ' failed attempt' and only act as a catalyst for surge in viewing. " By using proxy servers you can access blocked sites of all websites located outside India. Blocking orders act as a catalyst for increasing traffic.... you are increasing people's curiosity," Duggal said.

Duggal claimed, " Information Technology Act does not make it illegal to view adult porn, but watching child porn is an offence. Of course, publishing and transmitting an obscene act is an offence under Section 67 of the IT Act. Section 67B of IT Act added in 2008 prescribes to punish involvement in sexually explicit online or electronic content that depicts children. It is also an offence to ' cultivate, entice or induce children to online relationship with other children for a sexual act'. It is a non- bailable offence with a maximum jail term of 7 years and a fine of up to ` 10 lakh.

But the problem is that this law has never been invoked and till date there has not been any conviction." There are tens of thousands of pornographic sites on the Internet. Even with its exhaustive ban list, the government is aiming to block merely hundreds. While a lot of popular websites are part of the block list, anyone in India looking for porn will find it just one Google search away.

The Internet Service Providers also say blocking would be an uphill task, one of the reason being that pornography is not clearly defined. " There is no unanimously accepted definition of pornography and the boundaries of the same are amorphous. Would medical or AIDS awareness websites be pornography? Would photographs of Khajuraho be so termed? One man's pornography is another man's high art," the association of ISPs said in an affidavit in SC. Service providers say blocking would be tough as pornography is not clearly defined Cyber law expert Pavan Duggal

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